Monday, November 5, 2007

Art Quilt for Alzheinmer's

I made it! Finished the "Stay at Home" challenge and registered Tea for You, pictured to the side for the Priority Quilt Challenge, supporting the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Journal Quilt 2007--Woman with a Broken Heart

I first heard of Journal Quilts when I subscribed to the QuiltArt list in 2006. When the 2007 Journal Quilt project was announced I quickly signed up. Then had the big decision about what to make. The rules required the use of three techiniques found in Creative Quilting: The Journal Quilt Project, by Karey Patterson Bresenhan.

Woman with a Broken Heart was a journey in itself. From the Artist Statement:

"This quilt went through many stages, starting with the fabrication of one inch diamonds for a nuetral background. In order to quickly make the over 100 diamonds needed for hand piecing the background I used Inklingo™ by Linda Franz. I like thethe effect of photo-transferred images for quilts, yet wanting something a bit different, I decided to use a picture of a pine tree (for strenght), taken in New Mexico last year, and printed it out using a transparent medium. The resulting picture was cut in nine pieces (Creative Quilting p. 76-77), the edges fringed, then placed in the quilt at angles symbolizing a topsy turvy time. The use of paint on fabric was new, fun, and exciting. lastly, I used free motion stitching to give the illusion of a woman's body and embroidered over the stitching to provide additional definition.

The year was rather tough with many family issues cropping up and what was originally intended to be a very happy piece, turned into Woman with a Broken Heart, reflecting strenght—the pine tree, the broken heart—if you look closely you will see it is starting to mend, and serenity—the hand pieced background."

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